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NLS ‘05 grad Kanyaka Ramamurthi makes partner at Linklaters (senior partner excited but also disappointed this year)

NLSIU notches up another Linklaters partner in London
NLSIU notches up another Linklaters partner in London

Linklaters has promoted managing associate and NLSIU Bangalore 2005 graduate Kanyaka Ramamurthi to partner, as reported by The Lawyer.

Ramamurthi had been at Linklaters since joining as a trainee in 2006, with two secondments of just under one year at Vodafone in London in 2010 and at Aviva in 2014.

She was promoted to managing associate in 2012.

Ramamurthi is one of two corporate transactional lawyers to be promoted to partner in London, where eight got the nod.

Update: Linklaters London M&A partner Nick Rumsby, commented: “Kanyaka is a very talented lawyer with great experience of public and private M&A and equities transactions across a number of sectors. She is very client focused and we are delighted to welcome her to the partnership.”

Linklaters has in its more recent history displayed a rather strong predilection in promoting graduates from Bangalore’s national law school.

In 2015, Linklaters promoted NLSIU graduate Sushil Jacob, who had begun his career at AZB & Partners, to of counsel.

And in 2013, NLSIU 2001 graduate Savi Hebbur was promoted to Links’ partner in London.

Linklaters has a closely allied Indian best friend firm in Talwar Thakore & Associates (TTA). In 2013, Narayan Iyer had returned to Linklaters after four years at TTA, becoming Linklaters India head in 2015 (Iyer, incidentally, has a 1992 economics degree from St Xavier’s, and a 1995 London School of Economics (LSE) law degree).

Links excited but disappointed about number of women promoted

Linklaters senior partner Charlie Jacobs told The Lawyer: “As excited as we are by today’s announcement, we are disappointed that we have failed to reach our target for female partners in this year’s election. We remain absolutely committed to this important goal and acknowledge that despite firm-wide progress on diversity, we must and will strive to do better.”

Only five out of 26 new partners (or 20%) this year were women.

While that isn’t bad compared to the terrible, sometimes single-digit sex ratios in promotions at international law firms of several years ago, in April 2014, Linklaters and Clifford Chance had both promoted more women than men, while Herbert Smith Freehills introduced a 2019 target of 30% women.

At Indian firms ratios of female to male promotees can vary widely from firm to firm.

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